Over 100 powerful photographs offer a broader view and fresh perspective on the nationwide struggle for civil rights
Explores decades worth of little-known struggles for civil rights in dozens of cities nationwide & why they matter.
THE BATTLE FOR SELF-REPRESENTATION
Civil rights groups, such as SNCC, CORE, & NAACP, utilized photography to illuminate discrimination, expose hypocrisy & galvanize supporters.
BLACK POWER & BEYOND
Black Power meant more than guns & bravado & manifested itself in diverse ways from free breakfast programs & medical clinics to protests in the streets & on college campuses.
SURVEILLANCE & REPRESSION
Law enforcement & government agencies also used photography to document & monitor activists & citizens & disrupt the civil rights movement.
The history of the civil rights movement is commonly illustrated with well-known photographs from Birmingham, Montgomery, and Selma—leaving the visual story of the movement outside the South remaining to be told.
With images by photojournalists, artists, and activists, including Bob Adelman, Charles Brittin, Diana Davies, Leonard Freed, Gordon Parks, and Art Shay, North of Dixie offers a broader and more complex view of the American civil rights movement than is usually presented by the media. North of Dixie also considers the camera as a tool that served both those in support of the movement and against it. Photographs inspired activists, galvanized public support, and implored local and national politicians to act, but they also provided means of surveillance and repression that were used against movement participants. North of Dixie brings to light numerous lesser-known images and illuminates the story of the civil rights movement in the American North and West.
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When you labor over a project for years–or a decade!–there’s no greater pleasure than sending it off into the world. Yet, the work is hardly finished as promoting a book is time-consuming. Thankfully, North of Dixie garnered some fantastic press and I was honored to speak at the Library of Congress, the Schomburg Center in New York, Read more about Giving Thanks: 14 Months Worth of North of Dixie Coverage[…]
Ever since I began researching Milwaukee’s tumultuous civil rights era a decade ago, I have been trying to learn more about police surveillance and photographers there. Well, imagine the surprise when I received an email about a preview of CNN’s Bill Weir: States of Change. The Milwaukee native’s piece is interesting in of itself, but I couldn’t Read more about Surveillance and civil rights in Milwaukee[…]
North of Dixie dropped nearly six months ago. Short of getting married and becoming a father, nothing matches the satisfaction of speaking at world-class research libraries or spotting my book for sale at the new National Museum of African American History and Culture. Read more about Since We Last Met
I am incredibly excited to share “Photographing Civil Rights, Up North and Beyond Dixie,” the New York Times Lens blog review of my new book. Scholar and curator, Maurice Berger, provides an insightful overview and a gallery of compelling pictures. What a wonderful way to kick off the press for North of Dixie! Read more about Maurice Berger reviews North of Dixie for the New York Times[…]
Earlier this summer I was invited by TIME magazine’s photo blog, TIME LightBox, to reflect on civil rights and Black Lives Matter movement photography.
Uncovering photographs that tell stories is rarely straightforward.
My trip to the J. Paul Getty Museum in 2015.
Welcome to my new North of Dixie website and blog. I am excited to share stories about my book, reviews and articles, and some insights about the photography. I would love to hear your thoughts and reactions, so please do not hesitate to reach out.